"They always came out and played hard for me," said Clark, in her first season coaching at her alma mater. "They're very coachable, listen well and had a great season. I couldn't have asked for a better first year coaching.”
"We're the No. 1 seed, but it doesn't matter if you're 20-0 or 0-20 [in the playoffs]," Haugen said. "Everybody starts off fresh. We just have to make sure we play it one game at a time. That's cliche, but it's true."
The Bulldogs can thank the Tigers for ending a number of those runs in years past. Cherry won a Class A state title in 2012 and has been traveling to Caswell Park in North Mankato, Minn., year-in and year-out for over the past five years. On several occasions, Carlton was in that section final.
Competing last Wednesday in Virginia, North Woods claimed the Section 7A team title, denying the Bombers’ attempt at a three-peat. The Grizzlies finished with a net total of 762, followed by Braham at 787, Barnum at 835 and Mesabi East at 914.
"Our entire team wants this so bad," said Emanuel, whose older cousins and Uncle Brad were a part of the 2007 state-clinching club. "I remember all of the stories and I've seen all of the videos and pictures. I really hope that I can get that experience, too."
Esko’s Trenton Menor was a member of the 3,200 relay winners last week. The senior has been to state in the event twice and hopes he can make it back to Hamline University again. The sub-section 7A meet began Wednesday in Esko as this edition of the Pine Journal went to press. Sections continue June 2 and state is June 10-11.
"Every year it seems we end with more energy than the previous year," Prosen said. "I'm hoping that we can keep this going and have a lot more years like this."
span. "Justin was one of the few goaltenders in all of junior hockey over the last two years that you count on to steal a game," Islanders coach Dan Marshall said in a press release. "His 55-save shutout against the [New Jersey] Hitmen comes to mind, but it wasn't uncommon for him to have to make 40 or 50 saves in a game."
Along with running the Polar League meet next Wednesday, Esko Stadium will also welcome the 7A Sub-Section and Section meets in the coming weeks, due to construction at usual-host Malosky Stadium at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
"Give them credit, they made plays," said Cloquet coach Rick Norrgard, who counted his team stranding nine runners on base compared to the Rebels' two, while his squad also out-hit the hosts 7-4 and made two fewer errors. "Sometimes those days happen, but that's why you play the game."